10 THINGS TURNING 50 IN 2018 THE BEAN BAG CHAIR. Italian designers Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro introduced the “shapeless chair,” the Sacco, as part of the Italian Modernist movement. HOT WHEELS. The Mattel brand of die-cast toy cars were originally intended to be more “tricked out” versions of their Matchbox competitors, and the first to roll off the lot was a dark blue Custom Camaro. 60 MINUTES. The CBS newsmagazine used a unique investigative style reporting that eventually landed it #6 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. THE BYSTANDER EFFECT. John M. Darley and Bibb Latané first demonstrated the social psychology phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. NOROVIRUS. The gastrointestinal virus, sometimes referred to as the “winter vomiting bug,” made its American debut in 1968 at an elementary school in Norwalk, Ohio. Fifty years later there is still no effective vaccine for norovirus, which kills an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 children in developing countries every year. EARTHRISE. The famous photo of the Earth rising above the lunar horizon by astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission was declared “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken” by nature photographer Galen Rowell. THE ODD COUPLE. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in the film based on the Neil Simon play of the same name. RED LOBSTER. Intended to be a “Harbor for Seafood Lovers,” the first Red Lobster opened in Lakeland, Florida, and now boasts locations in the United States, Kuwait, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Brazil, Malaysia, and Ecuador. ADIDAS Telstar Soccer Ball. The design we all know today—32 panels stitched together, 12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons—was first used in the 1968 European Football Championship. THE MODERN MEASLES VACCINE. An improved measles vaccine, called the Edmonston-Enders strain, began being distributed and has been the only measles vaccine used in the United States since 1968.
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